146 episodes

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know ... and then keeps right on going. This Vox podcast explores scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and all the things we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes every Wednesday.

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    • 4.8 • 49 Ratings

Unexplainable takes listeners right up to the edge of what we know ... and then keeps right on going. This Vox podcast explores scientific mysteries, unanswered questions, and all the things we learn by diving into the unknown. New episodes every Wednesday.

    Is Earth alive?

    Is Earth alive?

    A cell is alive. So is a leaf and so is a tree. But what about the forest they’re a part of? Is that forest alive? And what about the planet that forest grows on? Is Earth alive? Science writer Ferris Jabr says: Yes.
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    • 28 min
    The alpha myth

    The alpha myth

    The researcher who popularized the idea of the alpha wolf has spent decades trying to take it back. Our friends over at Pablo Torre Finds Out try to uncover how science got it wrong.
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    • 40 min
    The eclipse chasers

    The eclipse chasers

    Solar storms can wreak havoc on power grids, satellites, even astronauts — but scientists still struggle to predict them. One possible way forward? Chasing eclipses.
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    • 19 min
    The Yips

    The Yips

    Think about the thing you’ve practiced more than anything else in the world. Maybe it’s painting. Or writing. Or playing the piano. Now imagine you wake up one day and you just can’t do it. You’re not sick. You’re not injured. But that one thing is impossible.
    It’s called the yips, and even the most talented people in the world experience it. What could cause them to lose their superpowers? And is there anything they can do to get them back?
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    • 27 min
    The bleeding edge, part two

    The bleeding edge, part two

    Diagnosing diseases such as endometriosis can require difficult steps, like surgery. But researchers are hoping to use menstrual fluid to make detecting the condition much easier.
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    • 24 min
    The bleeding edge

    The bleeding edge

    Periods and menstrual fluid have long been overlooked by scientists. Now, researchers are starting to suspect they might be sources of medical treasure.
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

GoodHunter27 ,

Hooked!!

Probably one of my favourite podcasts! The topics being discussed are so interesting and span across different fields… great presentation and sound.

Tom Madison18 ,

It’s good

I like it

ZeroChillPhil ,

This show is a masterclass on podcasts

Vos Media podcasts are generally very well produced, and thoroughly researched and just immensely enjoyable. However, in my opinion, Unexplainable is in a different stratosphere all together. The subject matter for each episode is extremely fascinating! Especially, the ongoing ‘Lost World’ series - the sound design in this one makes it cinematic!
Thank you, Vox, for always creating top notch quality podcasts!

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